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MBA Concentrations

Concentrations & Electives


Over the course of your two years as an MBA student, you can tailor your education to support a chosen career or industry. We offer six career and five enrichment concentrations, plus one focus area, allowing you to choose one or combine two concentrations specific to your goals. You also have the option of designing your own course of general management study by choosing from a wide variety of electives.


Innovation is an important part of the UNC Kenan-Flagler culture. Every year 10% of the electives we offer are new, ensuring that our curriculum reflects emerging topics in business and faculty research. You’ll begin taking electives during Module III of your first year. Below is a list of areas in which we offer elective courses.

In addition, we also offer many elective courses in the following areas:

Independent Study & Business Projects

We believe an MBA program helps you the most when it gives you opportunities to test and grow your knowledge outside the classroom. Independent study projects bolster what you learn in courses and allow you to develop specialized knowledge to further your business and professional insights. Students can pursue independent studies by serving as a teaching assistant, conducting faculty-directed research or completing an unpaid internship during the academic year.

Some recent examples of independent study projects include:

  • Industry and market analysis for an alternative energy company seeking a new digital marketing platform.
  • Market analysis of various geographies for a real estate development firm.
  • Assessment of various investment options for a private equity firm.

Development of mobile payment options for a software company seeking entry into foreign markets.

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